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Alumni: Distinguished Young Bobcat Award

Recent alumni create award for incoming Bobcats

by Mindy Green

Distinguished Young Bobcat Award logoAndrew Henley and Maggie Worthington graduated from Texas State University only last year, but already they have created a scholarship for one incoming freshman who has made an impact on his/her high school campus and community.

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Happenings: Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

Annual conference a staging ground for black and Latino playwrights

By Audrey Webb

Douglas Turner Ward, a pioneer of African-American theatre, will be honored during the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. Picture from Running Wild Films, http://www.vimeo.com/43872540

In 2011, Dallas playwright Jonathon Norton was one of hundreds of playwrights who submitted a script to be considered for Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, an annual event that pairs playwrights with guest directors and actors to help them develop and polish their writing. With space enough for only two playwrights to have their scripts workshopped, however, artistic director Eugene Lee (Texas State alum, ’74) had to make some difficult choices. Unfortunately, Norton’s script was not selected.

Shortly after Norton received the disappointing news, however, the conference received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; for the first time since its inception in 2002, sufficient resources were available to serve three playwrights and their new works. Norton was offered the third slot. Attending the conference made a dramatic difference to him and his first full-length script, “My Tidy List of Terrors.” Continue reading

Alumni: Bobcats Who Rock

Texas State alumni are making a bang on the national stage

By Callie Gordon ’12

One of Texas State’s biggest points of pride is the diversity exhibited throughout our university. Our student body represents countries from around globe, and we have recently been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Whether students come here to pursue success in the business and technology, to mold young minds as teachers, or to discover solutions to global problems, Texas State gives students the tools and knowledge they need to chase their biggest dreams. For some students, this dream involves taking center stage, performing for thousands, mic in hand. Here’s a list of alumni who have made it as professional musicians: Continue reading

Alumni: Famous Bobcats

From White House to Hollywood, Bobcats are in good company

Charles Austin

Charles Austin

By Callie Gordon, ’12 

It’s likely that before you ever shout the words “Eat ‘em up, Cats!” you know that Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, graduated from Texas State University. We’re proud of LBJ and the fact that he was the only U.S. president to graduate from a Texas university.

But as much as Texas State is proud of our most distinguished alumnus, it’s important to know that some other big names have also navigated the hills of campus. Many professional athletes, actors and internationally known musicians and writers claim Texas State as their alma mater. Continue reading

Alumni: First Year on the Job

Alumni share experiences, advice gleaned from first year on the job

By Callie Gordon ’12

Attending Texas State is a blend of getting an education, starting your career, and the growing up that happens along the way. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, you spend four years learning about the world, our country and yourself, as well as more facts about LBJ than the average person will ever know.

Although your classes and professors do their best to prepare you, the transition from college to career often comes with a few growing pains. Below, four recent graduates share what they’ve learned through their first year on the job.

What was the most challenging thing about transitioning from college to career?

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan, Communication Design ’11 Marketing Coordinator at Anthony Travel @leighdotcom

In college, the proof of your hard work is often reflected in your grade at the end of the semester. Because of this, I have struggled to feel accomplished in my career, not because I’m doing a poor job, but because real-world success is less tangible than a grade. Continue reading

Alumni: Britney Munguia

Munguia connects Facebook, Twitter and more to a social-savvy career

By Catherine Harper

Munguia graduated in May 2011 with a degree in advertising.

Texas State University grad Britney Munguia says she loves “everything” about social media. From Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn and beyond, Munguia has made social media her career.

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of arts in advertising, Munguia currently works as a social media account executive at IntegratePR in Houston.

“I love everything about my job!” Munguia says. “I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s absolutely true.” Continue reading

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums

Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni  — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud

Dawoud and Isely bring the beat to Texas State, expanding local scene

By Catherine Harper

Brad Isely (right) and Omar Dawoud (left) take the stage at one of their local shows with AfterDark Entertainment.

The beat is deafening, the lights are low — this is the atmosphere in which Texas State seniors Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud thrive and are making their move. With a motive to expand the music scene in San Marcos, Isely and Dawoud are finding their rhythm at Texas State and beyond with their startup business, AfterDark Entertainment.

“San Marcos has always had to travel to Austin and sometimes San Antonio, and now students here don’t have to travel; they can just go to the Square and see a top-notch show,” Isely, a health and fitness management major, says. “It’s about to be a town where people start to visit us instead of us having to visit them.” Continue reading

Holidays: Presidents Day

Happy Birthday, George Washington! Presidents Day honors forefathers

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown

George Washington wants YOU to have a great Presidents Day! (Portrait by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown)

What do you think of when you hear the name George Washington? A couple of things may come to mind: cherry trees, crossing the Delaware, wooden teeth and, of course, his role as the first president of the United States of America. We can attribute much of America’s success as a nation to the leadership of Washington and his successors, so we honor presidents past and present on Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday of February.

Also known as Presidents Day, the federal holiday was originally instated in 1879 to honor Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday. Since then, it has expanded in scope to become a day that recognizes the contributions of all 44 presidents — including President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930.

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Alumni: Curtis Grimes

From Texas State to Hollywood Hills, Grimes’ talent resonates with ‘Voice’

By Catherine Harper

Texas State alumnus and country singer Curtis Grimes got his start on NBC's "The Voice."

Texas State University alumnus Curtis Grimes could not have imagined that one call would change his life in January 2011. After auditioning earlier that month for NBC’s “The Voice” — a singing competition moderated by celebrity judges — Grimes’ country stylings hit the mark with producers and he was on his way to stardom.

“They reached out to me at first with an e-mail saying they’d like me to audition after they’d seen some of my shows on YouTube,” Grimes says. “The whole experience was awesome.”

After flying to Hollywood, Grimes worked with music coach Cee Lo Green each week of auditions, making it to the quarter-finals on the show. His success with the singing competition has awarded him national exposure, with his new album Doin’ My Time hitting the Top Texas 15 and his new single “Irresponsible” on airwaves last month.

Before his singing success, Grimes was immersed not in music but in baseball as a pitcher at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After transferring to Texas State in 2005, however, Grimes struck a chord with the music scene in San Marcos.

“Texas State definitely influenced me music-wise, since the country scene is so strong down there,” Grimes says, speaking from his tour stop in West Texas. “It’s kind of a central hub of country music. There were artists like Randy Rogers and Ryan Turner coming from there, so it’s where I found a lot of my influences.”

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